Brilliant Star Montessori Directors

Ms. Julie


Lower Elementary Senior Directress

Curriculum Advisor

 Ms. Julie is trained and accredited through the North American Montessori Centre for the Lower Elementary, Casa, and Infant/ Toddler programs.  She has also attained a B.Sc. and a B.Ed at the University of Saskatchewan.  She has taught in a Montessori classroom as a director for 12 years and has also taught in the public system for 7 years.  Ms. Julie is the founder of Brilliant Star Montessori School and has lead our staffing team as our Administrator since our first year.  Ms. Julie has also written Montessori articles for the North American Montessori Training Centre and has many of her pieces published on their website.  She has nineteen years of experience coaching children (kayak, canoe, swimming, soccer, volleyball, and track and field).  She has coached on a local, provincial, and national level for the sport of sprint canoe and kayak.  Ms. Julie has also taught as an instructor at the Ecology Club for Kids for three years in Saskatoon and has received her facilitator training and certification in the Virtues Project, which is a course on Character Building Education for families and schools. Ms. Julie’s passion and enthusiasm for the Montessori philosophy and The Virtues Project guides her in her roles in our school.

Ms. Susan

Casa Senior Directress

Ms. Susan is trained and accredited through the North American Montessori Centre for the Casa (preschool and kindergarten) program.  She has seventeen years of experience teaching in a Montessori classroom.  Ms. Susan has been an integral part of the creation of Brilliant Star Montessori since its inception as cofounder. She has taken training in the Virtues Program, which is a course on Character Building Education for families and schools and was also involved in volunteer work with the ‘Read Saskatoon’ Program for illiteracy. Ms. Susan has Advanced level Ballet training in the ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ and performed with a professional dance company in Montreal.  Ms. Susan has fifteen years experience teaching ballet and jazz, including the opportunity of teaching children dance at an International School in Papua New Guinea for a year. Ms. Susan has also operated and taught in her own school, “The Asquith Dance Workshop’, for 8 years.  She has lived on a family farm for the last 33 years and has been actively involved in the farm work and is proactive for wildlife and our environment as a member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Ms. Esther

Lower Elementary Directress  

Ms. Esther is thrilled to join the Brilliant Star Montessori team this upcoming year. Ms. Esther grew up and studied in Nigeria where she received her first bachelor degree in Science. Ms. Esther moved to Kuwait and worked as a Science teacher for 10 years in an English school, then migrated to Saskatoon with her family. She has a great wealth of experience working with children of various ages. Ms. Esther has two Montessori Casa diplomas through MACTE and NAMC and was a directress in a Casa classroom in another Saskatoon Montessori school for five years. She proceeded to further her studies and received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has also worked with the Prairie Spirits School Division as a substitute teacher. Ms. Esther is currently studying with the North American Montessori Centre to obtain her Lower Elementary Director training and is excited to begin her Montessori Elementary journey. Ms. Esther believes in the Montessori Method of teaching, nurturing children’s curiosity and natural inclination and looks forward to providing learning experiences to children in her classroom. Ms. Esther’s hobbies include singing, travelling and bowling.

Ms. Jackie

Elementary Music Directress 

Ms. Jackie has her Bachelor of Music in Music Education along with her Bachelor of Education. She has 5 years of experience working in Montessori Schools in Saskatoon as an educational assistant and a Music directress where she worked directly with toddler, preschool and kindergarten aged children. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Jackie runs her own private violin studio of over 30 children, several toddler and preschool Music classes, and string quartets. She also volunteers her time with Saskatoon Summer Players and Cornerstone Theater to help put on large productions such as Spamalot, Little Women, Jesus Christ Superstar, Next to Normal, and Annie. Ms. Jackie looks forward to joining Brilliant Star Montessori School for an exciting year.

Ms. Goya

Casa Assistant and Morning Extended Care Supervisor 

Ms. Goya has completed her Montessori Assistant training as well as certification for Music and Art in Montessori from The Centre for Guided Montessori Studies. Ms. Goya also received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan and completed her ECE (Early Childhood Education) Certificate through SIAST. She has worked with children for over 18 years in Kindergarten and Elementary schools and was also an EFL teacher overseas.  Ms. Goya has also had the opportunity to volunteer at Brunskill Elementary School and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association in Saskatoon. She has been working on Decorative Painting for over 11 years and has acquired a teaching certificate. Ms. Goya has also been a Recreation/Fitness Program Instructor for fall and winter Seasons at the Shaw Centre in Saskatoon.  This will be Goya’s sixth year on our staff at Brilliant Star Montessori School.

Ms. Eve

Our Elementary French Director, Ms. Eve, has her Bachelor of French Education as well a Bachelor of Arts in French. Ms. Eve grew up in a bilingual home, attended French Immersion throughout her school years and studied French at the University of Regina and at Université Laval.  She also enjoyed spending some time in France. All these experiences have given Ms. Eve a wealth of understanding of the French language and culture.  Ms. Eve is very excited to join the team at Brilliant Star Montessori this year and share her passion with our students. 


Ms. Vikki

 Administrative Assistant 

Ms. Vikki comes to us with great experience as a School Administrative Assistant. This is Ms. Vikki’s second year with Brilliant Star Montessori School and we are thrilled to have her continue on our staffing team this upcoming year. Ms. Vikki also has 8 years working as an administrative assistant in an Elementary school in Prince Albert. Before joining the Prince Albert school division, she operated a private daycare out of her home gaining years of childcare experience. She has volunteered over the years in various roles with her children’s activities and spent 5 years serving as secretary on her community club board. She is married with 2 adult children of her own, both who attend the University of Saskatchewan.

Board of Directors

Julie Davidsen


Susan Pezderic 


Jason Danielson 


Natalie Leggett  


Beverly Pongracz 


Loch Willy